Kentucky Derby 2014 Payout: Dissecting Prize Money Purse and Final Race Results

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMay 4, 2014

Victor Espinoza celebrates after riding California Chrome to victory in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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California Chrome showed why he was a runaway favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby, as the Art Sherman trainee pulled away down the stretch and then coasted to victory in the Run for the Roses. 

As he crossed the finish line, there was little doubt that he was a deserving winner. He was smart when he needed to be and fast when he had to be.

Commanding Curve ran to a surprising second to provide for a solid $2 exacta payout of $340. Todd Pletcher trainee Danza came in third to round out the money finishes. 

Wicked Strong just missed out on a finish in the money in fourth but did earn $100,000 for his owners. Samraat came in fifth and was the last horse to take any winnings from the race.

Have a look at the results and earnings:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results
Pos.PostHorseJockeyTrainerEarnings
15California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman$1,442,800
217Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart$400,000
34DanzaJoe BravoTodd Pletcher$200,000
420Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJimmy Jerkens$100,000
56SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.$60,000
612Dance With FateCorey NakataniPeter Eurton
719Ride On CurlinCalvin BorelBilly Gowan
814Medal CountRobby AlbaradoDale Romans
913ChituMartin GarciaBob Baffert
107We Miss ArtieJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher
118General A RodJoel RosarioMike Maker
1216Intense HolidayJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher
1318Candy BoyGary StevensJohn Sadler
143Uncle SighIrad Ortiz Jr.Gary Contessa
1515TapitureRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen
162Harry's HolidayCorey LanerieMike Maker
179VinceremosJoe Rocco Jr.Todd Pletcher
1810Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo
191Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker
11HoppertunityMike SmithBob Baffert
Source: KentuckyDerby.com

After Bob Baffert's Hoppertunity was scratched, 19 horses left the Derby starting gate. It was a relatively clean start. California Chrome had a slight stumble leaving the gate but had no problem keeping up with the slow, early pace. 

He hung back in third for much of the race, but once he made the turn for the homestretch, he flashed his speed. 

He easily overtook early pace-setters Uncle Sigh and Chitu, as his initial burst left the rest of the field battling for place. 

As he galloped to the finish, jockey Victor Espinoza had a big enough cushion to let up and celebrate early. You can see that for yourself in the replay of the race: 

After he won four races in a row entering Churchill Downs, California Chrome's win was no shock. This horse's modest breeding certainly makes his success unlikely, but his form made the win completely unsurprising. 

He will now head to the Preakness on May 17, looking to further his attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. 

Meanwhile, Commanding Curve's success was a surprise. As NBC Sports' Josh Elliott pointed out, he was going off as a 50-1 long shot: 

Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh points out the kind of speed he flashed to earn place: 

Sure, California Chrome eased up a bit at the end, but Curve's closing stretch can't be ignored. 

Up next is the Preakness. It is just a touch shorter than the Derby, so Curve's stamina and closing speed will be slightly diminished. Still, he is the only horse who looked to have enough to even hope to derail Chrome's Triple Crown chances in Baltimore.